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Thailand Education Visa: A Quick Guides For Foreigner

A Thai Education Visa is officially known as a Non-Immigrant ED Visa. This visa is for any foreign national aged 12 or over who intends to stay in Thailand.

If you are a foreigner who wishes to study in a Thai educational institution, you have to get a Thai Education Visa to be allowed to pursue your studies as an international student

Before you can start your studies, you must first get a visa.

This article will go through the Thailand Education Visa, the application process, and other relevant information.

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Thailand Education Visa basics

Thailand Education Visa (ED Visa) or Student Visa is issued to foreign applicants who want to study in a university, attend a seminar, training session, or internship in Thailand. The holder of the ED visa is entitled to stay in Thailand for 90 days and can be extended for one year from the date of the first entry in Thailand. The Thailand Education Visa is a Non-Immigrant Visa Category “ED” (Non Immigrant ED).

To be eligible for a Thai Education Visa, you must:

    • Enroll in a Thai educational institution;
    • Must take at least three courses (sometimes the requirement is four courses, so you should check with your school).

Note: because the specific conditions for a Thai Student Visa are subject to change, verify with your institution before applying

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Who Needs a Thailand Student Visa?

A Thai Education Visa is required for anyone who is not a Thai citizen and wishes to study in Thailand. This also includes those who are exempt from holding a Thai Tourist Visa.

Thailand Education Visa Requirements

You will require several documents to support your application for a Thai Education Visa.  The Thailand Education Visa requirements are:

    1. Your passport is valid for at least six more months and has at least one blank visa page. Your passport should be valid for at least another 18 months if you’re applying for a one-year visa.
    2. A Photocopy of your passport.
    3. A completed and signed Thailand Education Visa application form. You can download it from the website of the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General or get it there if you apply in person.
    4. A letter of admission from your school in Thailand, addressed to the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General in which you will apply (If the school is a private institute: Approval from the Thai Ministry of Education).
    5. Letter of acceptance from the institute or organization
    6. A letter of confirmation from the school If you will undergo an internship in Thailand.
    7. Student ID and Academic records (if currently studying)
      • 2 passport-sized (4 x 6 cm) recent photos of yourself that meet the specified criteria: 
      • White background
      • Taken within the last six months
      • You must have a neutral facial expression, staring straight ahead
      • Your complete face should be visible.
      • Only religious headgear is permitted, and even then, only if it does not hide the face.
      • Glasses are allowed only if they don’t cover your eyes and do not have heavy frames.
    8. Proof of sufficient financial resources to fund your stay. If you’re going alone, you’ll need 20,000 Thai Baht; if you’re traveling with a family, you’ll need 40,000 Thai Baht.In rare situations, you may be required to show that you have $500.00 in your bank account for every 90 days of your visa application.
    9. Police clearance certificate.
    10. Payment of the Thai Education Visa fee.
    11. Additional documents as deemed necessary.

Note: This is not a complete list of Thai Education Visa requirements. Please contact the nearest Thai Embassy or Consulate-General to find out where to apply for a visa before departure to Thailand.

The documents you submit have to be in either Thai or English (as the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General informs you), so if they are not already, you have to translate them by an authorized translator.

Thailand Application Form
Thailand Application Form

How Can I Get a Thailand Education Visa (Thai ED Visa)?

You must apply for a Non-Immigrant ED Visa at the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General outside of Thailand. Applicants from the following nations will be required to apply for an ED Visa at a Thai Embassy or Consulate in their home/residential country or Royal Thai Embassy: Bangladesh, China, India, Iran, Sri-Lanka, and Middle Eastern countries.

Before you apply, you need to be enrolled in a recognized full-time education course that meets all the requirements of the visa and you must have paid at least 50% of the total course costs, or the full amount of the course. Once you have enrolled, the school or institution has to provide you with an enrollment letter. In some cases, it may be possible for the school to mail the paperwork directly to the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate at which you are applying.

The application process for a Thai ED  Visa is as follows:

    • Contact the Thailand Embassy or Consulate where you will submit the visa application. You can also visit their website if one is available. Learn about the opening hours, working days, and their preferred method of paying for the visa fee.
    • Make an appointment, if one is required. You can find a list of the diplomatic mission offices of Thailand
    • Collect the required documents for a Thai Student Visa.
    • Submit the documents and visa application. Depending on which Embassy/Consulate you apply in, you can apply:
      • In-person;
      • By mail, in which case you must attach a postage-paid, self-addressed envelope.
    • Allow time for the application to be reviewed.
    • Grab your passport and visa. They will be returned to you if you applied via mail.If your Thailand Education Visa is accepted, you must visit the country within the period specified on the visa, or it will expire.

Note:

  • if you entered Thailand on a different kind of visa (eg. a Thai Tourist Visa), you can apply to change the category of your visa at the Office of the Thai Immigration Bureau in Bangkok. You must apply before your current visa expires.
  • If you have entered Thailand using a Visa on Arrival, you can not change the category of your visa. You must leave Thailand and apply from the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General abroad.
  • If you have entered Thailand under the visa-exemption program, have to leave the country and apply from the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General abroad.

How Long Does It Take to Process a Thailand Education Visa?

The processing time for a Thailand Education Visa depends on the Royal Thai Embassy or Royal Thai Consulate-General through where you apply. You should give it about 5 – 10 working days, while some offices claim to be able to complete your visa in as short as 2-3 days.

How Long Is the Thai Student Visa Valid?

A Thailand Education Visa is valid for a maximum of 90 days for a single entry or multiple entries. Although your course of study will most likely last at least a year, you’ll still get a 90-day visa. However, before your visa is expired, you can apply to extend it at the Thailand Immigration Department for a charge of 1,900 Thai Baht. You must extend it every 90 days before your current visa expires.

After Getting Thai Education Visa

A foreigner who is staying in Thailand long-term has to report their address to the Immigration Department of Thailand every 90 days. This is a requirement for all visa holders, regardless of the kind of visa they have. Failure to report your stay can lead to a fine of about 2,000 Thai Baht, as well as the risk of your visa being revoked.

Thailand Education Visa Extension

After receiving your Thai Education Visa, you may go to Thailand for study purposes for the duration of your visa. If you need to stay longer, you can apply for an extension of staying at the Thailand Immigration Department.

How Much Does it Cost for a Student Visa in Thailand?

The fee for a Thailand Education Visa is 2,000 Thai Baht (appx. $65 /€60). However, the fee can change slightly depending on the local currency, as well as Thailand Embassy or Consulate in which you apply.

Additionally, the method of paying for the Thailand Education Visa fee also changes depending on where you apply. Some Embassies or Consulates may require the fee to be paid in cash, while others can ask you to pay it through bank order.

Can I Work in Thailand With a Student Visa?

No, an Education Visa does not allow you to work. No one can work in Thailand without a Work Permit, and it seems that the Thai authorities are not eager to provide Work Permits to Education Visa holders.

However, a lot of international students do engage in some type of work once they get to Thailand, even if it is not technically “paid employment” to finance their stay.

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Reminders to the Thailand ED Visa Holders:

  • 90-day Reporting

     Retirement visa holders are required to notify the Immigration Office regarding their current residential address every 90 days. This can be done either by mail or by personal visit to the immigration office. You may also enlist an agent’s services to do this on your behalf through a Power of Attorney.

This can be done either:

    • In-person at the Thai immigration office
    • by mail
    • or through an agent with a Power of Attorney

If you are outside in Thailand on the date your 90-day reporting is due, you do not need to report your status. Your 90-day reporting will begin again from the day you re-enter Thailand.

  • Re-entry Permit 

If you plan to travel in and out of Thailand during your visa validity year, you will need a multiple re-entry permit to do so and avoid your visa from getting canceled. Otherwise, you need not apply if you plan to stay in Thailand the whole time.

In case you find the need to leave the country for whatever reason, you can apply for a re-entry permit at the nearest Immigration Office or the international airport before leaving the country. The fees are 1,000 Baht for a single re-entry, and 3,800 Baht for a multiple re-entry permit.

Thailand Education Visa FAQs

Is Thailand issuing education visas?

Yes, A Thailand Education Visa is granted to international students who intend to study, train, or intern in Thailand. The ED visa allows the holder to remain in Thailand for 90 days, which may be extended for one year.

How much bank balance is required for a Thailand Student visa?

Proof of your studies and funds may be required. In rare situations, you may be required to show that you have $500.00 in your bank account for every 90 days of your visa application.

Thailand’s Embassy or Consulate abroad is the only place you may apply for a Non-Immigrant Ed Visa.

Is college free in Thailand?

Thailand’s Ministry of Education provides much of the country’s education from kindergarten through high school. Public school education is free through the ninth grade. Free pre-school and high school education are also offered by the government. (according to Wiki).

How long is Ed visa in Thailand?

90 days. The ED Visa is valid for 90 days.

Can I work on an Education visa?

No, you can not. A Thai Education Visa does not allow you to work. No one can work in Thailand without a Work Permit, and it seems that the Thai authorities are not eager to provide Work Permits to Education Visa holders.

Can I change my Tourist visa to a Student visa in Thailand?

Yes, you can. If you have a 60 days tourist visa and want to change it, you can change it without leaving Thailand during the first 30 days. Your Non-immigrant ED visa may take another 30 days to complete.

Read more at How to change Visa

Can foreigners study in Thailand?

Yes, all foreigners who want to study in Thailand must first get a student visa.

How can I extend my ED visa in Thailand?

By providing the following documents, students may renew their student visa before its expiration date:

    • Visa extension form TM.7
    • Letter of certification from MUIC (in Thai)
    • A photocopy of the passport
    • One recent 4 x 6 cm full-face photo
    • Tuition fee receipt
    • Grade report
    • The visa extension fee is 1,900 Baht. While in Thailand, students should contact the Student Exchange Unit at least two weeks before the visa expires so that the relevant documentation may be prepared and permitted signatures obtained. To extend a visa, go to the Immigration Bureau.

Ultimately, students must renew their visas before they expire. Overstaying a visa may result in daily penalties and deportation. This delay will be recorded in the pupils’ passports and at the Immigration Bureau. If the overstay is 40 days or more, the student must depart.  If the overstay exceeds 40 days, the student must leave the country.

Documents needed to extend an “overstay” visa are the same as above. The price is 1,900 Baht.

The overstay fee is 500 Baht each day, up to 20,000 Baht.

Can I study in Thailand without IELTS?

Without IELTS, you can finish your bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in Thailand. In terms of International Studies, Thailand is an obvious choice.

Is Thailand expensive for students?

In Thailand, you’ll need between 350 and 700 Euros a month to meet your expenses. The amount of money you spend will vary depending on your lifestyle and habits. The official currency in Thailand is the Thai baht (THB).

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